Emerging M2M and IoT Solutions in Saudi Arabia: How Can Telcos Capitalize on Growing Opportunities?
17 Jun 2015
The popularity of machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) applications is growing across Saudi organizations, especially with the increasing number of offerings emerging from systems integrators and telcos. That's the opinion of global ICT consulting firm International Data Corporation, whose latest industry research indicates that the solutions vary from horizontal offerings such as fleet management to vertical-specific services such as ATM connectivity.
"Organizations across a number of verticals in Saudi Arabia are intensifying their efforts to implement the latest ICT solutions in a bid to improve operational efficiencies and enhance the customer/citizen services they provide," says Tolga Yalcin, a senior research analyst for telecommunications and networking at IDC Saudi Arabia. "At the same time, the share of M2M and IoT applications within the ICT ecosystem is growing. While most of the applications are essentially M2M based, IoT solutions are also increasingly being applied, particularly in Smart City projects."
The development of fixed and mobile infrastructures across the country has also started to provide seamless connectivity for service providers, supporting the growth of the IoT ecosystem. Security and monitoring, smart grid, and smart traffic are some of the emerging applications that are expected to become more prevalent in the Kingdom over the coming years.
"Saudi Arabia is generally a follower, rather than an initiator, in the adoption of new technologies and smart ICT solutions," continues Yalcin. "However, the country is still in the early stages of economic diversification and private sector development; in the future, more opportunities will arise to deploy smart solutions as part of ongoing infrastructure projects."
IDC believes that telcos should pioneer smart project initiatives and drive the development of new solutions. "Saudi telcos should not be overly cautious in their approach to IoT," says Yalcin. "They should be proactive in capturing opportunities by driving market development and building end-to-end solutions, rather than restricting themselves solely to providing connectivity."
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